Baby socks

It seems like I found a use for some of the leftover gray yarn I had from the baby blanket I made--baby socks!

These socks were super easy to knit, and they are so stinkin' cute! I used a pattern I found on Ravelry called Jimmy's Baby Gift Sweater Set by Diane Soucy. There is a matching cardigan, and seeing as I still have yarn left over, I may make that too. However, at this point, I am excited to cast on a pair of socks--for me! More soon.


Cartoon Apron

Between my friends and family, I have an endless supply of possible video game and cartoon projects to make. For my sister's birthday, I looked at her Pinterest board and saw that she had pinned this Apron that represents Link in the Windwaker Zelda series. The link takes you to an Etsy seller page, and Darkballoons has a TON of awesome aprons, that are honestly reasonably priced for the work that goes into them. However, since I can sew, I figured I would spend the time making one instead. I purchased 2 yards of green cotton, 1/4 yard brown cotton, green thread (which I didn't need as I already had it in my stash) and yellow felt. I ended up spending under $9 at Joann, but this project took me around 5 hours.

I probably could have made the apron shorter, and I guessed about the back since there were no pictures, but overall, it's pretty awesome.


Baby blanket

My inclusion partner from last year will be working with me again this year. At least for part of the year as she will be out on maternity leave. I feel like I've gotten to the point in both crafting skills and time management (read: I need to take more time doing things that I enjoy and appreciate so I burn out from school less) that I could take on a small project...over summer vacation.

I saw the idea on Pinterest and have had it pinned for whatever purpose. While the original blog post is not in English, you can see the construction is double crochet rows with chained strands of color woven in. I supposed you could Google translate the website if you wanted specifics. I changed the order of the color stripes for each round and spaced out the stripes more so gray is the predominant color.

My inclusion partner told me she was having a boy, but she does not seem the type to do an entire nursery in pastel blue, so I thought that this color combination still pointed to a boy, but wasn't too babyish.

This is the first project I have done with yarn in a very long time, and I am pleased with how it turned out. I hope the recipient (both Mom and baby) feel the same way!


Futurama Quilt--Finished

Sorry for the delay in posting; I have gotten super sick TWICE since the new year. I actually had to take a sick day, and that was the first sick day I've taken in four years since I got the job.

However, I have health and time to post, so I thought I would skip right to pictures of the finished quilt.

There are some minor errors, but overall, I'm pleased with how the second one turned out. Since I had a good chunk left of the red fabric (and am trying to prevent a fabric stash accumulation in the apartment), I decided to make a drawstring bag for the quilt. I serged 99% of the bag together. For the top part of the bag, I used a flatlock stitch with my serger--this is the first special stitch. I practiced several times on scrap fabric--I was really nervous.


Custom Closet Organization

I got fed up with my closet situation. This is typically what my closet looks like at the end of every week or two weeks.

I did try in December to fix the problem. I swapped out what I was using for T-shirts, pajama pants, and workout gear (an underbed box) for what I was using for my shoes (this carousel thing) because neither situation was working well. I used cardboard from Christmas orders to make dividers in the underbed box. I rolled up shirts to place in the shoe cubbies.

This fixed one problem, but created a new problem. To allow the shoe organizer with my shirts to extend all three tiers, I had to turn the plastic drawer organizer that I hold underwear and socks in sideways. I was good for....two days. And I got tired of shoving everything back in. Since I turned it 90 degrees to fit, every time I opened the drawer, the contents would  come out the side. Combine this with the fact I get dressed at about 5:30 in the dark every morning...I got super frustrated.

Since I have been making more things lately, I decided to make my own set of drawers. I used cardboard, a box cutter, duct tape and masking tape, glue dots, and scrapbook paper.

I made a huge mess while doing it...

...but I am really happy with the overall result.

I now have space to put things in, I have space to allow my carousel thingy to fully extend, it looks pretty, and the items don't come out of the drawer sideways! Quadruple win!

What organizing task have you taken upon yourself lately?


The Futurama Quilt--Finished top!

At this point, I have finished sewing (a little bit each night) and pressing the top of the quilt.

To maximize cost, what I did for the previous one I made (and what I will do for this one) is create a runner strip along the back with the leftover white and red. This allows me to only use 2 yards of black fabric for the backing, and it allows me to use the extra pieces of white and red I have from the yardage I needed for all those squares.


The Futurama Quilt--Pinning the blocks

For quilting, I try to take as many shortcuts as possible. I will pin together an entire row instead of two items at a time. I will chain items together instead of stopping to cut the thread in between small pieced items.

For this quilt, I pinned all the rows that had character faces together. I then pinned together the small sash rows that do not have characters.

From here, I find sewing to be rather quick. I am getting better about trimming all threads BEFORE I press so that I don't forget. With the thinner white fabric I purchased, this is really important to do.

Next up will be to pin and sew the rows together for the finished quilt top!